MEET THE TEAM

Each individual on The Blanchard Institute’s recovery team is extremely passionate about the work we do. Everyone brings with them their own unique set of skills and experience, and together, we form an unstoppable team that’s dedicated to helping patients and families across North Carolina, through our Charlotte and Lake Norman outpatient rehabilitation facilities.

We look forward to being a part of your recovery journey.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Ward Blanchard, MA, MBA, CCS, LCAS – Founder/CEO

Ward Blanchard, MA, MBA, CCS, LCAS FOUNDER & CEO

Ward has become one of the most prominent mental health and Substance Use Disorder professionals in the country for his innovative work with clients and their family systems.

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Allison Christie

Allison Christie, MBA, CADC-I, CAI-I, CPSS Chief Administrative Officer

Allison was instrumental in the establishment of The Blanchard Institute in early 2016 and continues to lead the team as the Chief Administrative Officer.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Judy-Goodwin

Judy Goodwin COMMUNITY RELATIONS director

Judy Goodwin brings 24 years of knowledge and experience working as an Admissions Coordinator in the field and is well connected to the community and behavioral health industry.

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Erica Baskin

erica baskin Outreach Development Representative

Erica brings an authentic and relationship-based approach to Business Development, and is excited to continue helping others in a more local outpatient setting.

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CLINICAL TEAM

Stacey Surratt clinical manager

STACEY SURRATT, MS, MT-BC, LCAS, CCS-I COMPLIANCE AND CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Stacey works from a relationship-based approach and enjoys incorporating creativity and multi-sensory tools into therapy sessions as a way to fully engage and retain growth from participation in the treatment process.

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Samanda Stevenson | Clinical Assistant at The Blanchard Institute

SAMANdA STEVENSON, MA, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A LEAD PRIMARY THERAPIST

Samanda’s awareness of the intersection between substance abuse and mental health with the criminal justice system inspired her to pursue a career in addiction counseling.

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Blake Floyd

Blake Floyd, CADC-I PROGRAM MANAGER

 Blake brings a level of unwavering dedication, virtue, and veracity to the team. He feels he has found his true calling in the field of substance use and co-occurring disorders and through his own journey has become drawn to helping others.

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Annie-Morse

Annie Morse, CADC-I PRIMARY THERAPIST

Annie has a passion to help others around her, specifically in the field of Mental Health, and helps the team maintain the high standards of compliance required of their Joint Commission Accreditation.

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Thea Wooten

Thea wooten, M.A., lcas PRIMARY THERAPIST

Before joining the team, Thea worked in a medicine assisted treatment program as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist for 5 years, where she developed her passion for working in addictions.

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Cassandra Gordon

cassandra gordon, LCAS, lcsw-a, cadc PRIMARY THERAPIST

Cassandra utilizes a strengths-based approach, often including aspects of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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Amy Conner

amy conner, ms, lcmhc-a PRIMARY THERAPIST

Amy has a passion for working with and advocating for individuals with substance use disorders along with individuals in the first responder community.

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Brittany-Bolden

Brittany Bolden, LMFT-A, LCAS-A, CADC-I, NCC MULTI-FAMILY GROUP THERAPIST

Brittany is currently working on her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University.

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Gabby Milando

gabrielle milando, lcmhc-A, ncc CLINICAL ASSISTANT

Gabrielle has a passion for working with individuals with substance use disorders. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2020 with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

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Alyssa Sherrin

alyssa sherrin, bsw, CADC-I CLINICAL ASSISTANT

Alyssa has a passion to help people struggling with the disease of addiction and other mental health disorders, and to break the social stigma surrounding them.

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Shelley Goodpastor

shelley goodpastor RECOVERY CONNECTOR

Shelley has a passion for providing hope to individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders. She is currently pursuing her CADC-I. Shelley is very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team.

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corrie thomas

Corrie Thomas, MS, RD, LD/N Nutritionist

Corrie has seen firsthand the importance of nutrition as a key component to recovery and enjoys working with clients and simplifying nutrition for their individual needs.

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Ruth Schultz

Ruth Schultz Clinical Assistant

Ruth has a passion for working in the mental health field, particularly working with, and advocating for individuals with substance use disorders and their families.

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Mat Sandifer

Mat Sandifer, LCSW, LCAS, CSI Clinical DIRECTOR

As an advocate for substance abuse treatment, Mat is a founding member of CURE Triad, a public safety, public health, public education, healthcare, and substance use disorder providers and community advocates coalition.

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Josh Zummo

Josh Zummo, MS, LCMHC PRIMARY THERAPIST

Josh is passionate about building a strong working relationship and views it as the foundation to move forward as therapist and client.

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Casey True

CASEY TRUE, Extended Care Coordinator

As someone who firmly believes in the possibility of human transformation, Casey was ecstatic to find The Blanchard Institute and a team of people who operate with the same beliefs.

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MEDICAL TEAM

Mary Urban

MARY URBAN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Mary serves our patients using an empathetic and client-focused approach to allow for the highest level of care. She is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, trauma, ADH, and anxiety and mood disorders.

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Kelly Carrigan

KELLY CARRIGAN MEDICAL SCHEDULER

Kelly has found her passion and purpose in helping others to discover the possibilities of a life in recovery. As an alumna of The Blanchard Institute, she believes fully in the mission of TBI, and she has a strong desire to give back and pay it forward.

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Valerie Morrison

VALERIE MORRISON, RN

With great skills, Valerie comes to The Blanchard Institute to provide the highest level of compassion and hope for every person she encounters. She is currently working on her CARN certification and will be entering a master’s level nursing program in 2023.

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ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Mika Rhodes office administrator

MIKA RHODES, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

As the Office Administrator and first point of contact, Mika’s goal is to remain grounded and be that safe landing place as our clients take those brave first steps toward a new way of living/being.

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Sally Lucas

SALLY LUCAS, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Sally graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her Elementary Education Teacher Licensure from the University of Richmond.Through family members in recovery, she found compassion towards our mission.

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Kenzie Smith

KENZIE SMITH, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Following treatment at The Blanchard Institute, Kenzie joined the team in February of 2022. She is pursuing a career in helping others shape and foster their mental wellbeing, and she is sharing that journey with the organization that guided her through a pivotal part of her life.

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ADMISSIONS TEAM

Darin Williamson | HR Coordinator at The Blanchard Institute

DARIN WILLIAMSON, CPSS ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Dedicated to lifting others up, Darin looks forward to building a stronger community based on recovery and helping to erase the social stigmas of addiction.

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Shelley-Wood

Shelley Wood, BA Admissions Coordinator

Shelley lends understanding and compassion as clients begin their search for the treatment center where they’ll begin their journey to recovery.

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Karen Mittler admissions coordinator

KAREN MITTLER, Admissions Coordinator

Karen was excited to join the behavioral health field, after a decade in health care administration. She enjoys bringing the human touch to a seemingly overwhelming and impersonal process.

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Emily-Nelson

Emily Nelson FLOYD, M.A., LCMHC-A, LCASA, NCC, CPSS PRIMARY CLINICAL ASSESSOR

Emily’s passion for this field comes through her own interest in the field as well as her own personal experience in recovery. Emily a is a proud Alumni of the Blanchard Institute and is excited to assist others in their journey to recovery.

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Monique Overstreet

MONIQUE OVERSTREET, LCMHC, QS CLINICAL ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST

Monique believes that awareness is key, once you become aware of the barriers hindering you from thriving, you welcome the process of change – INVESTING in YOURSELF is the first step. She is very open-minded, loves to learn new things and TBI seems to be the place for this.

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Erica McNeil

ERICA MCNEIL, MS, LCASA CLINICAL ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST

Erica has over 100 hours of training and education in clinical addiction. She has helped many young adults and adults progress toward their goal of sobriety as they acquired effective coping skills by employing her skills from the field of psychology.

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FINANCIAL TEAM

Angela Opalak

ANGELA OPALAK DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Angela Opalak has over two decades of experience providing skillful leadership, direction and solutions for all aspects of healthcare practice management. She was an integral part in assisting in the launch of The Blanchard Institute in 2017…

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Bill Boyle

BILL BOYLE FINANCE DIRECTOR

Bill Boyle is from Northern Virginia and has been working the behavioral health field since 2017. He obtained his Masters of Accounting degree from George Mason University.

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Jennifer Cassidy | Revenue Cycle Specialist at The Blanchard Institute

JENNIFER CASSIDY, BA, MAS REVENUE CYCLE SPECIALIST

Jenny brings over 7 years of extensive revenue cycle billing and insurance collections experience with her to the TBI team.

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Ryan Farrior

ryan farrior REVENUE CYCLE SPECIALIST

Ryan is eager to help those around him which is shown in his passionate clinical background with work in residential treatment.

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Gibbs therapy dog

Gibbs TOur & Therapy Dog

Gibbs was drawn into the field of substance abuse and behavioral health after her own personal recovery from a process addiction with chewing shoes and furniture.

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